Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill expanding off-road vehicle access

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The use of off-road vehicles on forest roads in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula has been expanded with the signing of legislation by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Public Act 288 of 2016 also calls for trails across the state to be mapped. Snyder says it helps market Michigan “as the premier destination for outdoor recreation.”

The state Department of Natural Resources is to complete the mapping of trails in the northernmost regions of the Lower Peninsula by the end of 2017. The remaining regions will be mapped by the end of 2018.

Off-road vehicles on forest roads already are allowed in the Upper Peninsula.

The legislation also reinstates the use of pack and saddle animals for removing hunted game on public land in time for Saturday’s start of archery season.

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